Artist's Gallery

Born and based in Singapore, Soh obtained an honors degree in sociology from the National University of Singapore in 2001 while serving as a contract photographer at the country’s leading English broadsheet newspaper, The Straits Times. Since 2001, he has been a full-time independent photographer, doing a mixture of editorial and commercial work.

In 2006, Soh was invited by the Ministry of Information, Communications and The Arts (MICA) to contribute his work to Canvas, an anthology of photographic work from Singapore. Canvas was presented to delegates during the 2006 Annual Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Group, held in Singapore.

Question & Answer

How would a friend spend 24 hrs in your city?

Take a public bus to the far reaches of Singapore, to places such as Kranji, Lim Chu Kang and Punggol Point. Because Singapore is so small, it’s not going to take you more than a couple of hours, yet there are sights of Singapore seldom seen and definitely not in the official guide books that are worth exploring.

What influences does your heritage have on your work?

If anything, being Singaporean has made me see how risk-adverse we can be, as a society and at the individual level. As such, I always try my best to go against the commonly accepted methods of making images in Singapore, and am always looking for new ways of representing the taken-for-granted, or the everyday.

What's your favourite restaurant and why?

I have many restaurants that I like, but if I was hard-pressed to name just one, it would be Rivercafe. Rivercafe in Singapore serves modern Australian cuisine with a nice Asian twist, very subtly done and not too in-your-face. They have great service, their location next to the Singapore River is a great plus and most importantly, the food is first class.

Where do you get the best view of your city?
Best views of Singapore can be found from the top of Block 335 Kreta Ayer Road in the heart of Chinatown. Up there, you get a view of both the new and the old Singapore, with the red-tiled roof tops of Chinatown in the foreground and the financial district in the background.

What's your favourite open space in your city?

My favorite open space in Singapore can be found from a 45 minutes drive-out at a place called Punggol Point. It’s in the north of Singapore, facing the Johor Straits which separates Singapore from Malaysia. As with most parts of Singapore, it has been slated for development, but for now, it is relatively untouched.

If you had to do another job, what would you choose ?



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